Opened in 2016, Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar has gathered some of the leading juniors in the world in the last couple of years, offering them a chance to work at the top-tier facility and improve their game with best coaches and under the close eye of the 19-time Major champion Rafael Nadal himself.
Besides the Academy in his native Manacor, Nadal had also launched the "Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre" in Mexico and Greece, with Kuwait as the next destination where he wants to improve the local level of tennis and open the sport for both kids and professionals.
Joining forces with property developer Tamdeen Group, Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar provides a brand-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex in Kuwait, one of the most significant sports initiative originated with Kuwait Public Authority for Sport.
Rafa will fly to Kuwait after the Australian Open for the opening of what should be the most prominent international tennis academy in the Middle East and also a part of the first multi-facility and services complex for tennis in Kuwait.
State of the art complex will include 18 courts, eight outdoor, eight indoor, an open court with 1,500 seats and covered arena with more than 5,000 seats. A five-star hotel, restaurants and diverse selection of retail outlets will also be a part of the complex that should become the gathering point of the Kuwait tennis federation, giving them a chance to forge future champions from this region.
On February 5, Rafael Nadal and a former world no.3 David Ferrer will kick off the action at the brand-new Academy with an exhibition clash, offering a chance for the spectators and students to watch two of the finest players of the previous two decades.
Ferrer had retired in May in Madrid and became a tournament director in Barcelona where Rafael Nadal will lead the field in April. Rafa and David had played some incredible matches between 2004-2019, with Nadal winning 26 and losing six of those.
Nadal toppled Ferrer in four Barcelona finals and also in the title match at Roland Garros 2013 while David prevailed in two Grand Slam encounters and twice on clay.